AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY OF KENYA
POSTAL ADDRESS: P.O. Box 45681, Nairobi - 00100, KENYA.

LICENSING

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UPDATED: 18th July, 2014

        For information on Tanzania and Uganda licensing, please see below the Kenya details.  These two countries, with Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi form the East African Community and we hope the details may be useful to potential visitors.  Regretfully we have no recent information on procedures in Rwanda or Burundi.  The offices concerned are all completely separate from each other for licensing purposes and must be approached directly.  Requirements may change without notice.  We have so far been unsuccessful in obtaining approval of reciprocal interterritorial use of licenses for amateurs moving around within the Community.   In Kigali, the Rwanda Amateur Radio Union is now represented by Capt. James Abaine whose local telephone is 0788 303796.      

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LICENSING REQUIREMENTS IN KENYA

The License Application Form can be downloaded from the CCK website (www.ca.go.ke).   It is also available from ARSK by e-mail in .pdf format if downloading it from the CCK site proves difficult, or by post.   A new form and slightly different requirements (CA/F/FSM/02) is effective from mid-July, 2014.

 

SHORT TERM VISITORS

        ALL VISITORS MUST BE AWARE THAT KENYA IS NOT A PARTY TO C.E.P.T OR ANY OTHER SIMILAR RECIPROCAL LICENSING ARRANGEMENTS, AND EVERY PERSON WISHING TO OPERATE AMATEUR RADIO IN KENYA MUST APPLY FOR AND OBTAIN A KENYA LICENSE BEFORE DOING SO.  ARSK WILL BE GLAD TO HELP - E-MAIL US FROM THE INDEX PAGE.        

1.   The visitorís country must have diplomatic relations of some kind with Kenya, at any level

2.   The applicant must hold a valid and current license from the country of citizenship, equivalent to the Kenya Full license (i.e. not Novice or "above 30 MHz only" 

3.   The completed application form must be submitted with the non-refundable application fee of K.Shs.1,000, photocopies of the license and passport, BOTH PHOTOCOPIES DULY CERTIFIED by a Commissioner for Oaths, Notary Public or equivalent, together with similarly certified English translations of documents where necessary.†† The sworn affidavit is NOT required from foreign visitors.

4.   The license fee of K.Shs.2,000 is payable on issue.  To avoid heavy charges it is usually better to pay these fees in one as K.Shs.3,000 - see below

5.   The latest information we have from CCK is that visitors' licenses will only be issued for three months to cover the usual visa period, but that can be extended for three month periods up to a year without further costs, but all licenses expire on 30th June each year.   The latest application form (November, 2012) shows a requirement for a visa, but this is presently being queried as it has not been the case before and most visitors obtain their visas on arrival at the airport.

 

KENYA CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS

1.    Kenya citizens are required to submit a photocopy of the Pass Certificate of an acceptable RAE, or an acceptable, valid and current Full foreign license.  The RSGB-administered IARE is the current exam of choice, which can be taken in Kenya twice a year under the supervision of ARSK or another authorised examination centre.   Non-citizen residents are required to submit a photocopy of a valid and current license issued by their own country of citizenship, and at present cannot obtain a Kenya license solely on the strength of a local IARE pass.   Novice or "Above 30 MHz only" licenses will not be accepted for conversion.  

2.   A photocopy of the passport showing the visa, or Kenya identity card.

3.†† Instead of supporting documents being certified by a Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public, all local applicants must submit a sworn affidavit in the form attached to the application form on the CCK website.

4.   A Certificate of Good Conduct from the Kenya CID, or a similar document from their home country Police Force in the case of non-citizens, whose countries are also required to have diplomatic relations with Kenya.

5.   Two local references who must be members of ARSK

6.   The completed application form must be submitted with the fee of K.Shs.1,000, photocopies of the license, passport and the affidavit with translations of documents where necessary

7.   The fee of K.Shs.2,000 is payable on issue of the license.  To avoid heavy overseas transfer charges it is best to pay these fees in one as K.Shs.3,000.       

  

Types of License:  Full licenses renewable annually on 1st July are available to qualified Kenya citizens and foreign residents of Kenya.   Novice licenses are at present available only to Kenya citizen students, but consideration on their merits may be given to other resident students.  Full visitor's licenses valid for three months but extendable for up to one year from the month of issue are available to non-Kenyans, with the callsign 5Z4/homecall.  These are not renewable as such but fresh applications can be made where required. 

      Applications should be sent to:-

The Director

Licensing, Compliance & Standards, CCK
P.O. Box 14448
Westlands 

00800
KENYA

CCK Exchange Tel: (+254 020) 4242000, Fax: (+254 020) 4242257.   The officer concerned is Mr. Etiko (+254 020 4242240).

LICENSE FEES:  The Kenya Novice license application fee is K.Shs.200 with no charges for issue or subsequent annual renewals.     The initial non-refundable Full and Temporary Visitor's license application fee is K.Shs.1,000 (about US$12).  On approval for issue the fee is K.Shs.2,000 (about US$24).  The whole may be paid as one lump sum (around US$37) which is likely to be cheaper in transfer charges than paying two separate amounts.   Exchange rates are very variable and should be checked.  We have been informed that convertible foreign currency such as US$ will be accepted by the CCK  as license fees.  The account for credit is: Communications Authority of Kenya, Citibank (Nairobi Branch) - Sort Code 16-000, Dollar a/c No. 3000-42-007.   The local CAK Kenya Shilling account is number 1106738608 at the Kenya Commercial Bank, Sarit Centre branch, Nairobi, account code 001141.†† (Certified bank cheques can attract high charges, personal cheques are not accepted by CAK and money orders are not favoured.)   Please note that both Novice and Full license validity runs only to 30th June in each year, when it must be renewed, and no credit will be allowed for the period of the year prior to issue.  Visitorís licenses are valid for twelve months from the month of issue but in 3 month blocks, which can be renewed on request without further fees.

      Applicants sending US Dollars for payments should be aware that notes dated earlier than the year 2000 are often refused for local exchange, but if accepted are liable to a much reduced rate.     

      The CCK Accounts Telephone number is; (+254 020) 4242365, Fax: (+254 020) 4251866 or through the exchange (+254 020) 4242000.       

     Licenses are issued from the CCK offices near Kabete on Waiyaki Way, the road from Westlands towards Naivasha, well signposted, and well out of the City Centre with safe parking, opposite Kianda School.
    CCK offices are open during normal office hours from Monday to Friday only. The Cash Office is open 9 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 4 pm only.

    The ARSK will give all possible advice and help to applicants but has no authority in the matter.

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TANZANIA LICENSING INFORMATION

            This information was originally obtained from Tanzania in 2002 (updated 31st March 2007)  and is given in good faith, but all of it may not still be accurate.  Applicants should consult the Tanzania Amateur Radio Society or office of the Director General, TCRA for current requirements.

            The address of the Tanzania Amateur Radio Club (TARC) is P.O. Box P.O. Box 2958, Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania, and the last known e-mail  tanzaniaarc@dit.ac.tz .   Tel: +255 (0) 22 2153200/215174 Ext. 252,  Fax: +255 (0) 22 3152504.

            The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) issues amateur radio licences in Tanzania

            URLs available are:  http://tarc.dit.ac.tz/index.php  and  http://tarc.dit.ac.tz/foreigners.php .

            The postal address is:-

            The Director General   
            Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority
            P.O. Box 474   
            DAR-ES-SALAAM

Telephone +255 22 2118947/52
Fax +255 22 2116664
TLX : 41858 COMCOM TZ.
The current be-mail address is not known.
        TCRA requires the following for a visitor's licence:-

- An application form duly filled in.
You have to buy the application form directly from TCC for TSh 10 000 (1 USD is variable but
approx. TSh 1000), fill in the serially numbered application form and submit the form
with the Receipt for the TSh 10 000.
- An accompanying letter in which you ask for the licence. This letter
should also include information regarding the duration of your visit and where you
are planning to stay.
- copy of your passport
- copy of your licence
- letter(s) of recommendation e.g. from your Amateur Radio Club, from your Diplomatic Mission in Dar es Salaam, or an English translation of a Letter of Good Conduct.
- Technical specifications of your transceiver. The best thing is to copy the page with the technical specifications. You should also write the exact type of the radio.
            Upon being granted the licence you have to pay another TSh 10,000 before you
will actually receive a call-sign and the licence.

 

UGANDA

Call or write to the Uganda Communications Commission in Kampala (UCC) and complete an application  form - provide evidence of your overseas licence and make payment.   You are then issued with a receipt - at that point they will allocate a callsign and tell you that it is OK to go on the air.  This process is normally completed in less than a day.
        Getting the actual licence document through can take about 5 working days.

        The postal address of the UCC is:

Uganda Communications Commission

P.O. Box 7376

Kampala

UGANDA

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